83 minutes | 2014 | United States, China
Mandarin with English Subtitles
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Filmed over three years on China’s railways, the film traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. “The Iron Ministry” immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world’s largest railway network.
Born in Michigan, J.P. Sniadecki grew up in the rustbelt of Northern Indiana, and has lived and worked for several years in China. A filmmaker and anthropologist, his films have screened at festivals such as the Berlinale, the Locarno International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Viennale, BAFICI, the Beijing Independent Film Festival, and at museums and galleries such as the Guggenheim and the MoMA in New York, the MAC in Vienna, the UCCA in Beijing and the 2014 Whitney Biennale. He currently teaches at Northwest